SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The temperatures may have dropped around the Front Range region, but things were heating up inside the indoor running track as Schriever hosted the CrossFit Games 16.4 Open Announcement Thursday night.
Three Schriever Airmen, 1st Lts. Greg Overton and Mark Skinner from the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and 2nd Lt. Jessica Trundy from the 4th Space Operations Squadron, competed alongside two of the top-ranked CrossFit athletes in the world, Sara Sigmundsdottir and reigning champion Katrin Davidsdottir, in the fourth stage of open competition.
"This is going to go down in the life book as one of the most prominent physical fitness experiences I could've had," Overton said. "I've done a half Ironman, the Spartan Race and other things, this is the best of all of them."
Skinner agreed saying, "This is the coolest thing I've done in life."
Trundy, who works with Airmen struggling with fitness, said she hopes her performance motivates all Airmen to continue working hard to reach their goals.
"I feel proud that I gave it my best," she said. "I hope it inspires [Airmen] to do the same."
The event aired live online and is available in a taped version at http://games.crossfit.com
. The combination of live and recorded viewings is expected to reach an audience of 5.5 million.
"This was an outstanding event," said Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50th Space Wing commander. "This was a great opportunity for our installation and our Airmen."
All the athletes went through a grueling workout, which consisted of 55 dead lifts (225 pounds for the men and 155 pounds for the women), 55 wall balls (20-pound ball for men and 14-pound ball for women), 55 calories burned on a rowing machine and 55 handstand push-ups. The total score for each athlete was the number of repetitions completed in 13 minutes.
"I couldn't have been more excited," Overton said of his reaction to the workout announcement. "I wanted dead lift, the rower and handstand push-ups."
Skinner's reaction was a little less enthusiastic.
"I was thinking beforehand, 'I hope it's not rowing, I hope it's not wall balls,'" he said.
Trundy led the Airmen, completing 160 reps, while Overton and Skinner tied at 149. Sigmundsdottir won the event with 274 reps, Davidsdottir finished second with 246.
"I am so proud of all of our Airmen," Burt said. "They gave an eye-watering performance and demonstrated just how tough and resilient our Airmen are."
Other base leaders agreed.
"I couldn't be prouder of our Airmen," said Lt. Col. Todd Benson, 2 SOPS commander. "They embody the warrior ethos we see each and every day in our Air Force."
"I was extremely impressed by their collective performances, but I was more impressed with their attitude, professionalism and character--they were tremendous ambassadors for Team Schriever and the DOD, writ large," Col. Jason Janaros, 50th Mission Support Group commander added.
Skinner and Overton are physical training leaders and Benson said he anticipates them incorporating their experience from the open announcement into a future training session.
"I would expect to see this workout Monday," he said.
Prior to the event, Trundy compared competing against Davidsdottir and Sigmundsdottir at the open announcement to playing a game of one-on-one against LeBron James. Watching them in person cemented her position.
"Those [athletes] are on an out-of-this-world level," she said.
In addition to the competitors, three Schriever Airmen served as "celebrity judges" during the event. Staff Sgt. Ana Shockey, 50th Force Support Squadron, 1st Lt. Pete Forde, 50 MSG, and 1st Lt. Austin Duran, 4 SOPS, counted reps for the Airmen competing during the open announcement. The trio also attempted the workouts after the live announcement.
Several Schriever Airmen also volunteered during the event, helping set up the equipment, assist production personnel and even sing the National Anthem.
"Success is always a team sport, and I could not be more proud of Team 5-0 and all the supporting agencies that made this historic, precedent-setting event a reality," said Janaros.
Both Skinner and Overton said they would relish the opportunity to compete in another open announcement.
"I would do it again 10 times over," they both said.
Bringing an event of this caliber to Schriever was a coordinated effort between the wing, 50 MSG, 50 FSS, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs and others.
"Colonel Janaros and the MSG team did a great job," Burt said. "It was a whole team effort. We really need to thank SAF/PA and Chris Stagner [for assisting]."
With the event being broadcast to a worldwide audience, Burt said it served as a way for Schriever to represent both itself, and the local community.
"This is a proud day for Team 5-0," she said. "We were able to represent Colorado Springs as well as the other Front Range bases."